Army expects more from Tony Moore

It's fourth and goal on the 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter and Army needs a touchdown. Paging, running back Tony Moore.

Moore did a great job as an unheralded freshman last season. He rushed for 399 yards and a team-high five touchdowns, but the Black Knights are expecting more out of him this year.

Moore may even become Army's featured back. He flourished as the Black Knights' short-yardage back in 2006, averaging 3.8 yards per carry. Moore seemed to become fatigued down the stretch for Army, but he knows how to come back. Remember last year?

Remember this play?

Third-and-goal inside Texas A&M's 5-yard line in the closing seconds of a tight game at the Alamodome. Moore got the call on a handoff, but a group of A&M defenders stuffed him, and time expired. Final score: Texas A&M survived with a 28-24 win.

Moore wanted another shot at the end zone and he got one just a week later when Army faced a fourth-and-1 from Baylor's 16-yard line in overtime. Moore picked up the first down with a 2-yard run. He scored on a 4-yard run three plays later, leading the Black Knights to a 27-20 win.

To think, Moore is only going to get better. He only began playing running back three years ago. Moore entered his senior year at Tulsa Union High School in 2004 as a preseason all-state linebacker and he had never even played the position.

Moore had played quarterback the three previous years at Sand Springs (Okla.) High. Tulsa Union High School coach Bill Blakenship moved him to running back after his starter went down with a season-ending injury. Several schools, including Tulsa, Rice, Oklahoma State and Army all showed interest in him as a senior.

Moore, who goes 5-foot-11, 225 pounds, is a tough runner, north to south all the time. He runs over defenders, but can get around them, too. His strong legs lead the way and he has quickly gained the reputation of being a smart player.

New Army coach Stan Brock plans on playing smash mouth football. And what's smash mouth football without a running back like Moore.

So when Army gets the ball near the end zone. Expect to see Moore get that call and, of course, six points.

Go Army!


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